Zoning & Planned Unit Development FYI

Billerica's Master Plan identifies economic development as a goal for the community going forward. The goal can be accomplished while maintaining the character and open space of Billerica by slight zoning changes, and the implementation of Planned Unit Development (PUD) Language. These changes can allow Billerica to remain as competitive as possible in the attraction and retention of new businesses. Residents can view the proposed changes on the Preliminary Warrant.

This webpage will provide residents with background information on the proposed changes. As always feedback from the community is vital to building consensus. If there are specific questions, please contact Rob Anderson, Community Development Director at 978-671-0963 or email at randerson@town.billerica.ma.us.

Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) promote a higher and better mix of uses while allowing a municipality the flexibility to focus development in areas beneficial to the community. The benefits include:

Focused, mixed development
Increased commercial activity
Greater site design standards for construction
Pedestrian and environmentally friendly
Significant tax revenue and lower infrastructure costs 

Within the proposed zoning Billerica has outlined a Statement of Purpose and Authority for the PUD:
The purpose of this Section is to encourage the construction of Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in designated Districts within the Town. Planned Unit Developments shall:
a. Permit a mix of land uses, densities and building types in one development.
b. Facilitate high quality, integrated planning of large-scale developments beneficial to the Town and constructed in a manner which is highly responsive to specific sites and their surroundings.
c. Require more rigorous development standards than those found in other zoning districts.

Read the: * Proposed Language
Overview Document
* PUD Location #1 (map)
* PUD Location #2 (map)
* PUD Location #3 (map)
 * PUD Project - Hawthorn Development

ZONING CHANGE - To change the parking requirements for Industrial Users
Read the: * Background and Proposed Language

ZONING CHANGE - To change Contractor's Yards from a By Right use to one requiring a Special Permit
Read the: * Background and Proposed Language

ZONING CHANGE - To change zoning for 581 Boston Road to encourage site cleanup and new development
Read the: * Background and Proposed Language